‘Wicked problems’ demand answers and resist remedies. They loom large, yet cannot be located or pinned down. Examples include global warming, terrorism, poverty, and human trafficking. After orienting ourselves in the topology and terminology of ‘wicked problems,’ we will do a brief survey of innovative approaches. Using downloadable share-ware specifically designed to tackle this species of ‘wickedness,’ we will undertake hands-on application of two particularly accessible and intriguing approaches: dialogue mapping, and argumentative design. There is no assumption that students will already be familiar with computer-assisted visualization or dialogue mapping, though curiosity about wickedness is essential.
This module will be held Monday, November 18 – Monday, December 9. Class will not be held on November 28 due to Thanksgiving Break.